Going to the doctor for most of us is something that we seldom like to do and for many of us it’s something that we only do when we really have to. If you are anything like me, I have an unparalleled respect for doctors and people in the medical profession generally as they have devoted their lives to protecting us from illness and disease. Most doctors that I know are in the profession to help others, with only a select few that are in it for the social status. All that said, when we get round to picking up the phone and dialling the doctor’s number to organise an appointment, we are all too often greeted by an over eager receptionist that wants to delve into our medical history before even offering us an appointment! For years this used to annoy me greatly, as I was not comfortable discussing my medical history with someone that sounded like they had just woken up out of bed!
I know this sounds really bad but this is just how I felt, it’s only when I asked a doctor why this was the case that I got an answer that made me view this invasion of privacy in a different light. The reason for this is to make sure that in the first instance, a doctor is actually required as many doctors’ surgeries hours are lost by no shows. They then went on to point out that if someone has booked an appointment and doesn’t turn up, then that appointment is just lost as people don’t bother calling to cancel. Hence, this explains the reason why getting an appointment is often very difficult. So, let’s all think carefully before we make an appointment with the doctor, consider if you actually need to see the doctor and if so make sure you attend the designated appointment or even more paramount call and cancel if you cannot!